Our department recently hosted an ECC (Expanded Core Curriculum) Open House. I worked with two other teachers on the area of Sensory Efficiency.
We decided to base our display on the book Rosie's Walk. We developed sensory activities that could be used with the book. We matched the activities to the pages in the book.
Each element of the picture was outlined with a different tactile. The barn was outlined with a pipe cleaner. The fox was outlined with hot glue. The hen was outlined with Wikki Stix.
The pond was a silver bowl of water with light up ducks. The larger ducks were found at the dollar store.
The fence was created with a cardboard box surrounded by a sheet of brown poster board. We placed a tactile matching activity behind the fence.
I filled 12 yellow plastic eggs to make 6 pairs of matching sounds. The eggs were placed in yellow "hay." When the student matches two eggs they are placed in the egg carton.
This light box activity was easy to create. I used foam "bees" and glitter in yellow colored hair gel.
We included a "taste test" with a data collection sheet. The students had to mark the chart under the color jelly bean that they thought was the sweetest. We made this more difficult by using sour jelly beans.
Sensory activities can be used with many children's books.